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text 2017-08-02 14:06
Chawton: Jane Austen's Home
Jane Austen's Hampshire - Terry Townsend
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) - Vivien Jones,Tony Tanner,Claire Lamont,Jane Austen
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Persuasion - Jane Austen,Gillian Beer
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen,Marilyn Butler,Claire Lamont
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Emma - Jane Austen,Fiona Stafford
Teenage Writings (Oxford World's Classics) - Kathryn Sutherland,Freya Johnston,Jane Austen
Lady Susan - Harriet Walter,Carole Boyd,Kim Hicks,Jane Austen
Sanditon: Jane Austen's Last Novel Completed - Marie Dobbs,Anne Telscombe,Jane Austen

... during the last 8 years of her life, during which she wrote all of her major novels (and saw four of them published during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma).

 


The dining room, with Jane's writing table tucked away in a corner next to the window.


Jane's bedroom (also the room where most of her family said goodbye to her before she died).


A replica of the blue dress and bonnet that Jane is wearing in the portrait sketched of her by her sister Cassandra.



A quilt handmade by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother, and a muslin shawl embroidered by Jane.

 

And last but not least ...


The museum's resident cat! :D

Merken

Merken

Merken

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review 2017-04-04 00:00
Mansfield Park (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Mansfield Park (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) - Amanda Claybaugh,Jane Austen Interesting story. Not sure how I felt about it. It had it's good points and bad ones. Not memorable.
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text 2016-12-16 12:16
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Długo zastanawiałam się, w jaki sposób mogłabym rozpocząć pisanie tego tekstu. Generalnie nie mam problemu z dobrem słów, jednak w tym przypadku okazało się inaczej. Może zacznę od tego, że jestem niesamowicie zachwycona tą powieścią! Zapewne wielu czytelników będzie się temu dziwić, ponieważ Mansfield Park nie cieszy się tak wielką popularnością, jak chociażby Emma, Rozważna i romantyczna czy Duma i uprzedzenie. Ba! Wielu twierdzi nawet, że Mansfield Park to najgorsza powieść, jaka wyszła spod pióra Jane Austen (1775-1817), a to przede wszystkim dlatego, że główna bohaterka jest nieciekawa, niemrawa i ciapowata. Taka argumentacja zupełnie do mnie nie przemawia i wydaje mi się absurdalna. W tym wypadku wiele wskazuje na to, że znów zadziałała moja wrodzona przekora. Po przeczytaniu wszystkich książek autorstwa Jane Austen mogę śmiało rzec, że Mansfield Park urzekła mnie najbardziej. Żadna inna nie wciągnęła mnie tak bardzo, jak właśnie historia Fanny Price i Edmunda Bertrama. Znalazłam w niej to COŚ, czego nie da się wyrazić słowami. To trzeba poczuć. Bohaterów polubiłam już od pierwszej strony. Owszem, pani Norris działała mi na nerwy dość mocno, jednak jej specyficzna osobowość wywołałaby negatywne emocje chyba w każdym czytelniku. Lecz z drugiej strony, cóż warta byłaby ta historia, gdyby wszystkie postacie były słodkie i bez skazy?
 
Generalnie książka uważana jest za powieść społeczną, natomiast praktycznie w ogóle nie podchodzi się do niej jak do romansu. Uważam, że to błąd. Przecież uczucie pomiędzy główną bohaterką – Fanny Price – a Edmundem Bertramem wisi w powietrzu od samego początku. Możliwe, że ich miłość nie jest zbyt mocno wyeksponowana, ale wyraźnie można ją odczytać pomiędzy wierszami i uważny czytelnik na pewno to dostrzeże.
 
Polscy czytelnicy mogą zastanawiać się, dlaczego Jane Austen poszła tutaj w kierunku miłości kazirodczej. Zauważmy, że Edmund Bertram to bliski kuzyn Fanny Price. Ich matki są siostrami. Chcę zatem wyjaśnić, że Autorka nie popełniła żadnego błędu logicznego, ani też nie usiłowała choćby w najmniejszym stopniu wywołać skandalu obyczajowego na kartach swojej książki, ponieważ w Wielkiej Brytanii małżeństwa pomiędzy kuzynami (nawet tymi bliskimi) nie były i nie są czymś zakazanym i nikogo nie szokują. W tym kontekście można byłoby dopatrywać się ewentualnie jakichś zakazów moralnych, a nie prawnych.

 

 

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review 2016-11-05 21:59
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

This one had its ups and downs, in my opinion. It was almost chapter-by-chapter. I was bored during some and enjoyed others. I did enjoy the overall story... It was just slow to me at times.

 

*Review written on October 29, 2014.*

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review 2016-06-05 00:00
Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen Please note that I gave this book 2.5 stars, but rounded up to 3 stars on Goodreads.

This book was over 500 pages of nothing happening besides everyone around one young woman (Fanny Price) trying to convince her that she doesn't know her own mind, that she should be grateful that the neighborhood Lothario has turned his eyes on her, and who can barely walk or talk without feeling freaking faint every five seconds.

The last Jane Austen book that I suffered through was Sense and Sensibility. Thank goodness that I have loved her other books so far. I just realized that I only have two more books to read and I will have read all of her works. I only hope that they are not as boring or soulless as this book.

Fanny Price is the heroine of Mansfield Park. She is the eldest daughter of a poor family consisting of 7 other children. Her mother has two sisters who are well off (Lady Bertram and Mrs. Norris) offer to take her and raise her at Lady Bertram's husband's estate at Mansfield Park. Let's pretty much ignore the fact that the sisters don't offer to send money or aid. They just take the oldest child and spirit her away. Once Fanny arrives a Mansfield, she is treated like the poor relation by her aunt Mrs. Norris and her two female cousins, Julia and Maria. The only person that Fanny feels understands her and wants to see her happy is her older cousin Edmund.

Austen through shows the family through the years, with Fanny also getting visits from her brother William, who is the only person in her immediate family who seems to give two craps about her.

The other characters in this novel either bully, intimidate, or act indifferent to Fanny. And Fanny is shown being some all seeing oracle who can look into people's hearts. Which why I thought it was a misstep at the end for Fanny to be taken in by the Crawfords when she supposedly saw them for who they are or at least that's what people kept saying to her.

When the Crawfords move nearby and the brother and sister (Henry and Mary) start to become more integrated with the Bertram's Fanny despairs over it, because she can see Edmund becoming more and more taken in by Mary.

Have I said that Edmund is kind of stupid and also sanctimonious? Yeah he is. I still don't get what Fanny saw in him.

Henry is what is commonly referred to as a rake, flirting with Julia and Maria and setting the at odds with each other. And then Henry decides he must have Fanny because she has ignored him. Somewhere someone says this means love, I say it shows a narcissist, but what do I know.

Mary is just focused on marrying well, and since she can't have Tom Bertram (eldest brother) she decides to set her sights on Edmund. Apparently Edmund sees that as love. See, still stupid.

And Lady Bertram seems to have no idea what her children are doing...ever.

I also didn't care for Sir Thomas, because he goes off to Antigua for a good part of the story, and returns feeling full of love and need for his family. Until Fanny doesn't realize her good fortune that Henry Crawford wants to marry her, than we spend pages and pages of him berating her to the point of tears. And him scheming by sending her away to see her family, so she can realize that her circumstances can be worse off away from Mansfield Park and Henry. Ugh. I really wish Sir Thomas had died of a heart attack. He was an ass.

There is just a lot of words. I don't know what else to say. I think a few times I wished I had a paperback version so I could just skip to the end. I have never read so much about people walking, how long the walk was (half a mile or mile) how fatigued Fanny was all of the time, and preparations for balls, balls, clothes, rooms, fires, etc. I just needed this book to be over as fast as possible.

It dragged the whole way through up until the end. The flow was all wrong. You would have a scene where something was said, and it was repeated at least a thousand times by several different characters. When the ending comes and everyone is shown for who they are by all parties, the story doesn't pick up a bit. I just kept looking for the words the end.

The setting of Mansfield Park is treated like some castle by Fanny. I didn't get what she saw in the place at all. When she returns home to her family for a visit, Fanny does a lot of comparisons to her home and Mansfield Park and pretty much acts like a jerk in my opinion. She is turned off by her home, her mother, and especially her father. Because they didn't show enough interest in her she was bereft the whole time. Let's forget that Mrs. Norris and her two cousins (Julia and Maria) pretty much ignored or dismissed her, apparently her family was terrible. Bah.

The ending was actually not a happy one in my mind. We have Edmund and Fanny married and as soon as Fanny leaves, she is not missed by Lady Bertram because she is replaced by Fanny's sister Susan. I didn't get some all powerful love from Edmund. He is scarred by realizing that Mary Crawford didn't really care or love him, so he runs back to the person who let's him talk all about himself and decides love. Maria has ruined her life for good and is not going to be allowed back in polite society. And though Julia is married, it's pretty much a marriage she agreed to, to get away from her family. I would definitely read this if you want to read all of Jane Austen's works. But I would not be looking for something as wonderful as Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion.
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